MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY THEATER PRESENTS
VANYA and SONIA and MASHA and SPIKE
by Christopher Durang
Directed by Peter Gelblum
Live on stage at Ben Lomond’s Park Hall, May 5 – 28
Mountain Community Theater is proud to present the 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang, directed by Peter Gelblum. The production opens at Ben Lomond’s historic Park Hall on Friday, May 5, and continues on weekends through Sunday, May 28. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8:00 p.m. Sunday matinees are at 2:00 p.m. on May 14, 21 and 28. General Admission tickets are $20.00. Students and Seniors are $17.00. There will be a champagne reception after the show on opening night. The performance on Saturday, May 6 is Community Night, with two tickets for $20.00. There will also be a special Talk Back with the Cast and Director after the Sunday matinee on May 14. Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com.
Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia live in the old farmhouse in rural Pennsylvania where they were raised by their now-deceased, Chekhov-loving professor parents. They spend endless, boring, dreary days staring out the window at the pond, bickering, and debating whether they have a cherry orchard or just a few cherry trees. Then, suddenly, their sister Masha, a larger than life, world-famous movie actress, arrives to attend a costume party in the neighborhood. Masha brings along dwarf costumes for her siblings so they can support her as Snow White, as well as her hunky, way-too-young boy toy, Spike. Throw in the young, aspiring actress Nina, the evil Hootie Pie, and Cassandra, the prophesizing voodoo-loving housekeeper, shake well, and out comes a play that the New York Times calls “Deliriously funny! . . . The theater erupts in booming gusts of laughter that practically shake the seats!”
Advisory: Some strong language, some mild adult themes and content.
The show is directed by MCT veteran Peter Gelblum. The cast features both MCT favorites, as well as new faces that we are proud to present to MCT audiences for the first time: W. Scott Whisler, Daria E. Troxell, Robin Aronson, Correll Barca-Hall, Ashley Sue Perry, and Sasha Voigt.
Mountain Community Theater (MCT) is the longest-running community theater in Santa Cruz County, started in 1982 by a collective of actors. MCT is a member-run non-profit organization that relies on support from its performances, season subscribers, and royalties from its own company-created script, Miracle on 34th Street, the Play. For more about MCT and its “Miracle,” visit https://mctshows.org/our-miracle/.